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  • Leading article: Google is right to stand up to Chinese authorities
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    The move was widely criticised, not least by Google employees. But the company did say it would revisit this decision if conditions for free speech within China started to head in the wrong direction. And apparently they have. Google's discovery that...

  • Leading article: Chilcot is now set for one crucial piece of testimony
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    The former Washington ambassador, Sir Christopher Meyer, had been wrong, according to Mr Campbell, to claim that Tony Blair made a key decision to support regime change in Iraq at a meeting at President George Bush's Crawford ranch in April 2002. Mr ...

  • Letters: The Muslim community
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    This kind of fanaticism, she suggests, is inflamed by the intolerable tension between traditional values and the lurid temptations of modern life. Yet she fails to account for the relative rarity of such violent tendencies among members of other cons...

  • Leading article: Britain's defence is in Europe
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    This has understandably sown alarm in military circles, and forceful representations, in public and in private, can be expected from service chiefs in the months to come. But while defence funding is safe for the next year, it is unlikely to be exemp...

  • Paul Collier: Private v state: here's how to bridge the educational divide
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    As guardians for young children who had suffered acute disadvantage and then been mauled by social services, we were in no doubt that they needed the best. Nor was there any doubt as to where the best was to be found: in the private sector the best w...

  • Stephen Foley: So is it about the ethics or the money?
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    The new Google.cn – launched in 2006 – filtered out the foreign websites and internal content that apparatchiks deemed subversive. Executives argued at the time that it would at least be able to encourage web use in China, and that the leaky, cacoph...

  • Mihir Bose: A trip to Peebles brings me cheer
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    Yet, brought up on such instant high and lows, what has struck me in recent weeks is how much we seem to have overdone the gloom as we enter a new decade. I was made aware of this when, on a sudden impulse, my wife and decided to spend New Year's Eve...

  • Liz Hoggard: Some day the good times will stop rolling...
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    We don't even have to retire at 65. This week Equalities Minister Harriet Harman proposed a reform of employment rights, which may see us carrying on in our jobs into our eighties. Under a "fast-track" government review of the retirement age, employe...

  • Richard Harries: The age of universally enforced human rights is still a noble dream
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    Although the movement to get internationally agreed statements about human rights was very much a product of World War II, the theoretical discussion about the nature of rights and their basis is usually thought of as going back to the 17th century. ...

  • Carel Pedré: 'How are we going to even bury our loved ones?'
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    I tried to carry on to the radio station, but had to leave the car. It was only then that I realised just how enormous the disaster that had befallen us. At every step there were injured people, people calling out for help, people who didn't know wha...

  • Steve Connor: Island is cut across with fault lines
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    The boundary of these two tectonic plates lies off the north coast of Haiti but there are several fault-line systems to the south that cut across the country from east to west. It was the sudden "strike-slip" movement of one of these fault lines, the...

  • Letters: Revolution in parenting
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    Not only has a prominent man, Nick Clegg, entered headlong into a debate about parenting, but you ask two men to respond, Jimmy Leach and James Moore. This is the first high-profile debate about parenting in which men are taking an active, even a lea...

  • Jaci Stephen: ‘Behind every celebrity death is a band of friends and relatives in mourning’
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    Above clouds, you can believe in anything. Flying west to east, into daybreak, the sun is always rising; east to west, it sets in silence, always perfect. Sometimes, I feel close to the heaven of my childhood imagination. Up there. Beyond. Closer to ...

  • Leading article: A Republican echo chamber
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    Fox in particular has become a home for out-of-power Republicans. Mike Huckabee, John McCain's closest challenger in the 2008 Republican primaries, as well as Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, are among other political luminaries on its payrol...

  • Sarath Fonseka: Sri Lanka is in danger of winning the war but losing the peace
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    The victory we secured for all Sri Lankans was not an end in itself. It was the decisive beginning towards restoring peace that would enable us to re-build the country and put it firmly on the path to economic recovery and development. We owed this t...

  • Carola Long: Mine's a pint of Guy Ritchie
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    One solution comes from an unlikely source – diamond geezer Guy Ritchie. As if landlord, film director, flat cap wearer and ex-husband to Madonna weren't sufficiently full-time occupations, Ritchie has just launched a record label named Punchbowl Rec...

  • Jacob Appel: Allowing a manslaughter defence brings risk of anarchy
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    Allowing this defence significantly increases the threat to other abortion providers. It also has disturbing implications for the prosecution of a wide range of suspects – from animal rights extremists to al-Qa'ida terrorists. Judge Warren Wilbert ha...

  • Erin Norman: An irate tirade for Haiti
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

  • Leading article: An unfortunate land
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    The speed with which international relief was offered was impressive. It is to be hoped that the actual relief operation is equally so. But the population, as the myriad pictures show, are in desperate straits and the scale of people's need is almost...

  • Simon O'Hagan: End of an era for the Biography Bookshop
    Thursday, 14 January 2010

    This was the Biography Bookshop on Bleecker Street in New York's West Village, a favoured grazing point for book-lovers for a quarter of a century and a cherished institution which has helped define the character of the neighbourhood – cultured, home...

  • Leading article: Free speech's limits
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    But either way ministers must avoid the trap of only treating the symptoms of extremism and neglecting its causes. Whatever the arguments about bans, the most effective way to combat the virus of hate-fuelled Islamism is through patient engagement wi...

  • Jonathan Brown: How I bared all on a walk with Gough
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    Realistically, I suppose it was the sight of my lily-white derrière spread across a whole page in a national newspaper that caused so many of my friends and colleagues to remind me of the piece on quite so many occasions. But I will accept the taunts...

  • Shaaz Mahboob: It's time for moderate Muslims to step forward
    Wednesday, 13 January 2010

    The ban is a welcome sign that the Government is finally taking notice of individuals found abusing the right to free speech. Perhaps its next action will be against far-right organisations – if it holds back, it will raise serious questions about th...

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